Welcome to My Learning Conservatory
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
So it's a new school, new grade, and new classroom for me this year. I think it's time to have a virtual open house! For good measure, I am also adding in photos with some captions and two downloads of things that you see on my walls.
FYI: The video was made with a PC, but I work in a Mac school. I plan on sharing how to use both for green screen and movie making this year.
In this section of the room, students store their personal reading selections. The closet space allows us to store hands-on materials and resources neatly without the hassle of a cluttered classroom.
I like having our couch here because we do group work a lot in our classroom, and this makes our group areas more defined. It's also nice to see it when you first walk into the room. It gives the impression of caring about how our room looks.
This is our meeting area. I prefer teaching most of my lessons here for a couple of reasons. Mainly, brain research supports that lessons should not last more than 15–20 minutes and then students need to be up doing something else. Sitting in the meeting area allows me to physically see when students are no longer engaged in the lesson. The telltale signs are squirming, rocking, and movement. It's much harder to see this while sitting at a desk.
You really have to read Tanny McGregor's book, Comprehension Connections. It's a great, easy read that ties comprehension strategies to tangible items for a lesson.
I took Beth's book bin labels and changed the icons to photos instead. I have 88 labels in all.
As promised in the comments last week, I'm providing a printed example of what might go under the CAFE headings on a target board.
Well, I hope you all have a fantastic week! Come back again shortly to view a series of videos I made on various components of Readers Workshop (conferences, guided reading, mini-lessons, etc.).